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Healthy choices: Operation Dinner

Calie Shackleford is a mommy to two boys and a wife to one awesome man. She is a health coach, writer, real food enthusiast, author of The ABCs of Super Foods, and the owner of Studio3Fitness in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Visit her at www.b...

Good, better, best: Dinner for busy moms

Getting dinner on the table and the family around it can be a miraculous feat all on its own. But turning out a healthy meal that everyone will eat without having to spend hours in the kitchen — is that even possible?

Healthy Choices: Operation Dinner

Good, better, best:
Dinner for busy moms

Getting dinner on the table and the family around it can be a miraculous feat all on its own. But turning out a healthy meal that everyone will eat without having to spend hours in the kitchen — is that even possible?

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The clock is ticking. There are places to be, homework to do. Can a dinner disaster be avoided? Yes, thanks to your back-up plan.

You know it’s only a matter of time before you face a dinner dilemma. Stocking your pantry with quick options for moments like this can really pay off. Packaged convenience foods can definitely save time, but not all of them are created equal. When selecting speedy dinner options, choose organic products that are free of food dyes, trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup. By adding organic chicken nuggets to a giant salad or a handful of spinach to a box of organic macaroni and cheese you can have a guilt-free dinner on the table before you hear the banging of forks and knives from restless diners (also known as your family).

Kelly Hancock, blogging mom of two, reminds us that “just about anything we make at home is going to be healthier than eating out.” Her staples: Whole-grain pasta, a bag of spinach and frozen organic chicken breasts. “With these items on hand, I can always come up with something better than pizza delivery.”

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